Feb 23, 2010

A quote

I wanted to be an actress in 1912; I want to be an actress today. That walk from the darkness backstage through the door or opening in the scenery where I make an entrance into the bright lights with that big dim mass out beyond, which bursts into applause, then the first terrifying sound that comes out of my throat, which they describe as a voice, but that first instant it is the siren of terror and intention and faith and hope and trust and vanity and security and insecurity and bloodcurdling courage which is acting.

--- Ruth Gordon (1896 - 1985)

1 comment:

  1. A very vivid quote to me.
    I had the whole thing worked out in my mind :D

    Love the last sentence, how it builds up, and smooths out.

    A great poet.